November 11, 2011

Christmas Tree Wall Art (Swell Noel #34)

When I think back to the friends I’ve made since I first began my blogging journey last year, sweet Alison from Oopsey Daisy is one of the first who come to mind. I am so thrilled she can be here today to share a Christmas wall hanging project with us for today’s Swell Noel idea!
Hello friends!
My name is Alison, and my little blogging home is called Oopsey Daisy. 
At Oopsey Daisy, I share my latest creative project–everything from holiday decor to kids crafts; from sewing projects to gift ideas!
I am thrilled to be a part of Amy’s “A Swell Noel” series–the name of the series alone demonstrates Amy’s clever creativity.  Amy has been my long-time blogging buddy, and I am so tickled for her newest addition, sweet Baby George!
This spring, I shared my spring flower wall art here at Positively Splendid. As I considered what project I wished to share with you this Christmas, I decided to do a little spin-off of this original project.
 Tis the season!
Here is my Christmas tree wall art!
It’s a festive touch to the same exact frame!

I had so much fun putting this project together. 
Come along to see how to create your very own…
I began by taking these little lovelies out of their frame.  I love these colorful flowers!  They add so much pizzazz to my craft room.
I used the flowers as a guide to cutting my burlap for this project.  I set them in the middle of a piece of burlap, and cut a piece with plenty of extra fabric for wrapping around the back.  I cut mine plenty large because I am infamous for making oopsey daisies!
Again, I used the flower wall art as my guide.  I used Mark-B-Gone to give myself an outline of the portion of the burlap that would be seen in the frame.  This gave me some parameters as I was sewing along. 
I have been loving red and aqua this Christmas!  I snagged several different Christmas-ey fabrics during JoAnn’s latest sale to create the Christmas trees.  
I created a simple cardstock triangle as a pattern, and cut out a tree from each fabric.  I created the stems using ricrac and ribbon.
Now here is a very pathetic confession:
I have had a brand new sewing machine sitting in my craft room for 4 months.  Rather than learn my own sewing machine, I have been driving to my parent’s house and using my Mom’s machine to sew!  Well, this was my very first time using my new sewing machine.  I must say I love it!
I sewed everything with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Once I had sewn everything to the burlap, it was time to make some messes in my craft room.  I dug out some ribbon, ricrac, buttons, beads, etc. I had way too much fun decorating each Christmas tree a bit differently.
I hot glued all of the embellishments into place.
To prepare the frame…
1.  I cut a piece of cardboard that would fit the frame.  I just used a cardboard box that I found in the basement.
2.  I have found that spray adhesive works the best to hold burlap in place.  With the Christmas trees on the front, I used this spray adhesive to fold the extra burlap around the back.
3.  I cut the corners of the burlap and wrapped it around the cardboard like a present, stretching it tight.
4.  I slid the cardboard into the frame!
These Christmas trees will bring a little holiday spirit into my craft room! 
Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year!
I love how they look with my JOY-ful Christmas display.
 Amy, thanks so much for making me a part of your Swell Noel!
I hope you will come stop by Oopsey Daisy and say hello!  
You’re always welcome!
Alison, I love how you used the same frame for these projects to maximize your crafting budget. So smart, festive and fun!
Happy Friday, everyone!


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7 Responses to Christmas Tree Wall Art (Swell Noel #34)

  1. Heidi @ Decor & More November 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Precious project, Alison! Love the simplicity and the “fun” factor– wouldn’t this be so cute for my preschool classroom?
    Happy Friday, ladies!
    xo Heidi

  2. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} November 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    So adorable! As per usual, I adore the fabrics that Alison is able to get her hands on. These little trees are the perfect holiday spin off to the spring flowers! 🙂

  3. Deidre November 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    This idea is really sweet! your getting me in the Holiday mood!!:) Thanks so much! From the “NEWBIE” on the block, Deidre~

  4. Patti November 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE… so getting this project going for the weekend!!! thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Porters November 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    I LOVE THIS! Thinking of making for holidays and for the nursery!

  6. Desiree Spalding February 28, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    I love hanging art and these are just so adorable. I really like the simplicity of your designs. registered & protected

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